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    Finally home. Feels great to be back stateside, and not in a third world country. Spinning up GNS3. LAB time!!! The best part of studying. Going to try and spend about 4 or 5 hours labbing today. FLG is done. Started on OCG for review, and I'm also started my other computer based training.
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    Bought a kindle last night and the simplified series and the 101 lab book. Started reading the ROUTE simplified book, and it already seems like it will dive into things much deeper than the FLG.
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    Finding time to study has been a little rough since I've been home. I've been having to wake up at 0430 just to get a little reading in. Seems almost impossible with my wife working trying to juggle studying and watching my daughter. Of course my daughter takes first precedence. I'm about 20% done with my Simplified book for ROUTE. It is a really good study book so far. It does jump into a lot of things that the FLG didn't cover, but some areas were a lot weaker than what the FLG discussed on some topics. All-in-all I'm glad that I got both books. Hopefully I will have time to finish the book in a couple of weeks, then I will start on the 101 lab book.
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    Well it has been a couple of weeks since I've even been on my computer. I've been using my kindle to read the simplified book. I'm a little over halfway done with the book. It just seems like progress is slowing exponentially. My wife should be out of the army in a few weeks, so hopefully that will give me a little bit of a break so that I can study more. After ROUTE Simplified I'm going to watch the Chris Bryant videos for a refresher, then hop right into non-stop labs for a few weeks. I'll do a final week of review afterwards. When I finish the Chris Bryant video's I will let you guys know when my exam will be scheduled for
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    Have to put off my studies for a little over a week to study for the promotion board.
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    What study material would you say has been most helpful for you so far?
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    Man has it been a while. I am now promotable! I go to WLC from 10 MAY to 10 JUNE. All this Army stuff is really messing up my studies, but once it's out of my way I won't have to worry about it for another year or so. Haven't even touched my book since the last post. Haven't touched my lab setup either. It seems like all things are just coming to a complete stop for me until I get all my stuff for promotion done. Hopefully I will have a better update in the upcoming week or so.


    @ande0255 - I personally prefer the FLG over the Simplified book. The Simplified book is really good in terms of information, but there are alot of errors in the books which makes things a little confusing at times. They will reference a picture and put the wrong router/switch.... ie. they will mean to reference R2, but it says R4. Just small things, but they are errors that can really confuse you at times. I felt the FLG was straight and to the point with very few errors like that (6th edition). The simplified book does go into much greater detail, and into many other topics that aren't covered in the FLG, but as far as just to study for the exam I would say to go with the FLG. If you plan on going further than the professional level then it wouldn't hurt to read them both. I believe that the specific books for the IE exam would be more relevant in that case though.
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    NO progress.... I feel like the life is slowly being drained from me at work and at home. I go to Korea sometime soon, so I am aiming to take the ROUTE exam when I get back.
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    70% done with the ROUTE Simplified book. I got volunteered for the Cyber Security Critical Task Course. Actually excited for a military class for once. Hopefully I will be able to get to atleast 90% completion of the book by the end of the week, and finish up the book over the weekend. I have the 101 Labs on my kindle that I will be going through afterwards
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    Quote Originally Posted by mistabrumley89 View Post
    70% done with the ROUTE Simplified book. I got volunteered for the Cyber Security Critical Task Course. Actually excited for a military class for once. Hopefully I will be able to get to atleast 90% completion of the book by the end of the week, and finish up the book over the weekend. I have the 101 Labs on my kindle that I will be going through afterwards
    Keep it up!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mistabrumley89 View Post
    Man has it been a while. I am now promotable! I go to WLC from 10 MAY to 10 JUNE.
    Is WLC the new name for PLDC?
    Warrior Leader Course versus Primary Leadership Development Course?
    Basically, the training course for E-5?

    All this Army stuff is really messing up my studies,
    Army life is not my style,
    Got me looking like Gomer Pyle ...

    but once it's out of my way
    So you better get out of my way now ...

    Ahh, the memories. Much sweeter in the rear view mirror.

    If you plan on going further than the professional level then it wouldn't hurt to read them both. I believe that the specific books for the IE exam would be more relevant in that case though.
    Really, I didn't understand some topics until I read about them on a more detailed level. The explanations that are written in the books are sometimes written by people who have been doing the stuff for years, and they might gloss over something that is necessary for it to *click* for you.

    If you want to really understand the protocols, make sure to read some of the design-focused books, as well as the RFCs. I wouldn't necessarily recommend RFCs to someone just starting out, but if you're to the point of doing CCNP, then it makes sense, because you have enough background knowledge to put things in context, and your eyes won't glaze over when you see ASCII drawings

    I got into reading a few design books, and they really opened my eyes on what the protocols were really about, and I wish that I had read more of stuff like that while doing CCNP, as it would have made it much easier to digest.

    Hope this helps!
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    Do you remember exactly which design books helped you instant?
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    Yeah, WLC is the new PLDC equivalent. I appreciate the humor, made me laugh a little bit. I didn't get quite as far in the book as I wanted to. Only read roughly 100 pages. The CSCT course wasn't what I was expecting. We played with Kali a little bit. Created VM's for all the systems we were studying. We went over SCCM, Group Policy, Cisco ASA's, and jurisdication of DoD, DHS, and DOJ. It was a really short course. CECOM really did a horrible job on the length of the class. We just skimmed over the subjects. Still going to continue the slowwwwwww reading progress, then hit up the labs afterwards. Hopefully I will be taking my ROUTE exam beginning of June.
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    I was actually able to finish reading the ROUTE Simplified book this weekend. After PT this morning I set up the first lab from the back of the book. Hopefully I have time to run through it this evening. BGP Path Selection and Manipulation. Finally got done with the reading and I get to do the FUN stuff!!! Stoked!
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    I read all the books you have in your picture there for the CCNP but I have to say the Simplified series way way better than all of them. I learned a lot and then some. It felt more real-world oriented and somewhat preparing you for the next step (CCIE) with some of the concepts they started discussing in there such as EEM, OER/PfR, etc.

    When I was done with my CCNP, I ended up giving all the books away except the Simplified series. Those now lives on my desk at work for reference.
    So could you have read just the simplified series and passed the ccnp exams? Just looking of clarification on whether this could be used as the sole book when prepping for the exam.

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    So far I believe ROUTE Simplified can be used for the sole purpose of passing the ROUTE exam, and then some.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mistabrumley89 View Post
    So far I believe ROUTE Simplified can be used for the sole purpose of passing the ROUTE exam, and then some.
    thanks for the input I just ordered this one
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    Be weary of the typographical errors though. It can throw you off sometimes. If you know that it should be, for instance, R3 not R4, then it is just a typo. There are a handful of errors in the book, but the wealth of information is unmatched compared to when I read the FLG. The FLG had plenty of information to take the exam too, IMHO, but it didn't dive off into some of the other arenas that you might see in a production network like ROUTE Simplified did.
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    The labs have been kicking my ass. The amount of time it took me to read to second book is really hindering me, but I'm jumping back in forth through the Chris Bryant videos to help supplement and kickstart my brain in areas where I just can't remember. It isn't so much the theoretical parts or understanding the nitty gritty of how the protocols work, I just forgot which commands to use. So as of now my routine is: Video, Lab, Notes, Video, Read, Lab, Lab, Lab, Lab. Hopefully I'll be able to take the exam before my son pops out of my wife's belly. She is due June 18th, so I guess it's crunch time.
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    Going to schedule my exam for the 21st of May if my NCO will let me go during staff duty. Will let you know pending his answer.

    Update: May 21 at 1000hrs (Pacific), I go in to take on the beast
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    I have done about 10 hours of labs today. My brain is completely fried. Did a couple OSPF labs, EIGRP & OSPF redistribution, BGP path manipulation, OSPF virtual links, IPSLA, OSPFv3. Going to practice making route-maps, prefix-lists, distro-lists tomorrow after work
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    Well, I have been studying full force the past couple of weeks. I've been able to convince the wife to watch our daughter after work so I can study for 3-4 hours a night before bed. If you could walk through my brain, it would be like walking through mud. It is just complete mush at this point. I seem to be having the most difficulty in remembering the specific IPv6 nuances. Not something you can just figure out, I just have to memorize it I guess. Labs have become very liquid, and I seem to fly through them rather quickly. Hopefully that is a good sign. One week until my Exam. I am going to finish out this week with review of my CBT Nuggets, and my Chris Bryant videos. Wish me luck! If I pass, then I will immediately be jumping into my SWITCH materials. I go to Korea in August. I won't be on night shift again, so I will have to find time to study whenever and wherever I can. I'll start off with the CBT Nuggets, followed by OCG, Chris Bryant videos, and SWITCH Simplified. Hopefully I will tackle this beast before the end of the year. I will be taking off the first quarter of next year for R&R if I get my NP before then. I know this post is full of if's and when's, but it will eventually happen.
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    Definitely will happen, I'd make flash cards of all the IPv6 crap, and just burn that stuff into your brain. I did not enjoy memorozing even small portions of it on the NA level, not particularly looming forward to NP level memorozation.

    Good luck! I'm sure you'll pass, you picked up voice very quickly, I'm sure R&S will be no sweat brotha!
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    You got this. IPv6 is a large portion of the score, but the scope is not big.
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    Thanks for the encouragement. I feel like I have a pretty good understanding of most of the topics. Still a little fuzzy on some of the branch office stuff, but I know enough to do some damage. 2 Days away and I'm already getting pretty nervous. This is the first time I've ever scheduled an exam to encourage my studying. I don't feel as prepared as I normally would on an exam, but I still feel confident. I will let you guys know how it goes. Hopefully I will be back with a pass. Wish me luck!
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